The first day of the million dollar men sweepstakes in Philly surprised the sports pundits…
The Bears went all-in for a quarterback. The Chiefs went all-in for a quarterback. The Texans went all-in for a quarterback.
And the Browns passed. Three times.
The first round of the NFL Draft proved once again Thursday night why it is the best reality show on TV. None of the draft experts had the quarterbacks ranked with first-round grades back when the process began in January, but three signal-callers went in the top 12 picks in the first round, with all of their teams making big plays to trade up and snag their future franchise quarterbacks.
The Bears got the party started, trading up from No. 3 to No. 2 to snag North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky. The Bears, needing to make a bold move at quarterback after failing to find a quarterback for the better part of the last 30 years, gave up picks in the first round (third overall), third round (67th), and fourth round (11th), as well as next year’s third-rounder to San Francisco for the right to draft Trubisky, the draft’s most accurate passer who also started just 13 games in college.
The Chiefs made the next big move of the night, trading picks 1-27, 3-91, and next year’s first-rounder to the Bills for the 10th overall pick, which they used on Texas Tech gunslinger Patrick Mahomes. The book on Mahomes: He has a big arm, a cocky demeanor, and likes to make risky throws. Sounds a lot like a guy that Chiefs Andy Reid coached for seven years in Green Bay, including two as quarterbacks coach: Brett Favre.
And with two quarterbacks off the board, the Texans knew they had to strike quickly to find their next QB. They traded picks 1-25 and next year’s first-rounder to Cleveland for the 12th pick and the rights to draft Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, the national championship game hero who has the best chance of the top three quarterbacks to start as a rookie. While Trubisky will almost certainly sit behind Mike Glennon for a year, and Mahomes will do the same ….
image of North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky…. Ben Solomon for The New York Times…He went to Chicago Bears…Share on Facebook